|Feb. 6 9:06 PM PT10:06 PM MT11:06 PM CT12:06 AM ET5:06 GMT13:06 10:06 PM MST12:06 AM EST9:06 UAE06:060:06 ET11:06 PM CT3:06 - The Bulls are breathing a sigh of relief after an MRI exam revealed that Butler has a strained left knee and no ligament damage.
Analysis: Butler was injured Friday night against the Denver Nuggets and needed to be wheeled off the court in the second quarter. Coach Fred Hoiberg says the team initially feared he could be lost for an extended period of time, but the MRI on Saturday showed only a strain. Butler flew back to Chicago and will not play at Charlotte on Monday night. Hoiberg says the team will have a better idea of how long Butler will be out after team doctors examine him on Sunday.
|Feb. 2 10:29 PM PT11:29 PM MT12:29 AM CT1:29 AM ET6:29 GMT14:29 11:29 PM MST1:29 AM EST10:29 UAE07:291:29 ET12:29 AM CT4:29 - Butler scored 26 points with seven rebounds and six assists in the Bulls' 105-96 loss at Utah on Monday.
Analysis: Butler is averaging 25.0 points over the last three games.
|Jan. 31 4:58 PM PT5:58 PM MT6:58 PM CT7:58 PM ET0:58 GMT8:58 5:58 PM MST7:58 PM EST4:58 UAE (+1)01:5819:58 ET6:58 PM CT22:58 - Butler led the team with 23 points Sunday.
Analysis: Butler scored 49 points in two games at the Staples Center this season. He won't play there again until 2016-17.
|Jan. 29 10:37 PM PT11:37 PM MT12:37 AM CT1:37 AM ET6:37 GMT14:37 11:37 PM MST1:37 AM EST10:37 UAE07:371:37 ET12:37 AM CT4:37 - Butler totaled 26 points, 10 assists and four steals in Thursday's rout of the Lakers.
Analysis: Butler backed up his recent All-Star selection with another terrific all-around performance. He's averaging a well-rounded 22.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 45 games this season.
|Jan. 28 4:23 PM PT5:23 PM MT6:23 PM CT7:23 PM ET0:23 GMT8:23 5:23 PM MST7:23 PM EST4:23 UAE (+1)01:2319:23 ET6:23 PM CT22:23 - Butler was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team on Thursday.
Analysis: Butler is getting his second All-Star nod. He's averaging a career-high 22.3 points on the season.
|Jan. 24 10:48 PM PT11:48 PM MT12:48 AM CT1:48 AM ET6:48 GMT14:48 11:48 PM MST1:48 AM EST10:48 UAE07:481:48 ET12:48 AM CT4:48 - Butler had 20 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's win at Cleveland.
Analysis: He also went 2 of 3 from 3-point range after going 0 for 12 over his previous four games. Butler has 23 rebounds over his last two and continues to provide his owners with consistent scoring.
|Jan. 23 11:04 PM PT12:04 AM MT1:04 AM CT2:04 AM ET7:04 GMT15:04 12:04 AM MST2:04 AM EST11:04 UAE08:042:04 ET1:04 AM CT5:04 - Butler had 28 points and a season-high 14 rebounds in a 110-101 loss in Boston on Friday night.
Analysis: Butler was averaging 14.3 points and shooting 35.0 percent in his previous three games.
|Jan. 20 8:29 PM PT9:29 PM MT10:29 PM CT11:29 PM ET4:29 GMT12:29 9:29 PM MST11:29 PM EST8:29 UAE05:2923:29 ET10:29 PM CT2:29 - Butler was solid on Wednesday.
Analysis: Butler had 23 points and five rebounds. He scored only 20 points in his previous two games.
|Jan. 16 9:04 PM PT10:04 PM MT11:04 PM CT12:04 AM ET5:04 GMT13:04 10:04 PM MST12:04 AM EST9:04 UAE06:040:04 ET11:04 PM CT3:04 - Butler embarrassed himself Friday.
Analysis: Butler made 2 of 11 shots for four points one night after he scored an amazing 53. Clearly scoring 53 against the Sixers was no preparation for the next day so fantasy owners have to look at it like he averaged 28.5 in two games.
|Jan. 15 10:16 PM PT11:16 PM MT12:16 AM CT1:16 AM ET6:16 GMT14:16 11:16 PM MST1:16 AM EST10:16 UAE07:161:16 ET12:16 AM CT4:16 - Butler had a career-high and NBA season high-tying 53 points with 10 rebounds and six assists and three steals in the Bulls 115-111 overtime win at Philadelphia on Thursday.
Analysis: Butler's performance helped erase a 24-point deficit while Derrick Rose sat out with a sprained knee. Butler is averaging 34.3 points and 6.2 assists while hitting 51.9 percent from the floor to lead Chicago to a 5-1 record in games without Rose.
|Jan. 12 7:23 PM PT8:23 PM MT9:23 PM CT10:23 PM ET3:23 GMT11:23 8:23 PM MST10:23 PM EST7:23 UAE (+1)04:2322:23 ET9:23 PM CT1:23 - Butler put up 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists Tuesday.
Analysis: Butler was pumped up on the floor where he played his college ball for Marquette, as STATS predicted he would be.
|Jan. 11 8:12 PM PT9:12 PM MT10:12 PM CT11:12 PM ET4:12 GMT12:12 9:12 PM MST11:12 PM EST8:12 UAE05:1223:12 ET10:12 PM CT2:12 - Butler contributed 19 points, seven assists and three steals Monday.
Analysis: Butler could be a good play Tuesday in Milwaukee, where he starred in college at Marquette.
|Jan. 10 10:47 PM PT11:47 PM MT12:47 AM CT1:47 AM ET6:47 GMT14:47 11:47 PM MST1:47 AM EST10:47 UAE07:471:47 ET12:47 AM CT4:47 - Butler totaled 27 points and eight rebounds during Saturday's loss in Atlanta.
Analysis: Butler has been carrying Chicago's offense of late, as he's averaged 28.5 points and 6.2 assists over the last six games.
|Jan. 6 10:46 PM PT11:46 PM MT12:46 AM CT1:46 AM ET6:46 GMT14:46 11:46 PM MST1:46 AM EST10:46 UAE07:461:46 ET12:46 AM CT4:46 - Butler filled up the stat sheet again on Tuesday, totaling 32 points and 10 rebounds in the Bulls' win over Chicago.
Analysis: Tuesday's performance followed Butler's 42-point outburst Sunday at Toronto. He's averaged a tremendous 31.3 points over his last four games.
|Jan. 4 12:15 AM PT1:15 AM MT2:15 AM CT3:15 AM ET8:15 GMT16:15 1:15 AM MST3:15 AM EST12:15 UAE09:153:15 ET2:15 AM CT6:15 - Butler broke Michael Jordan's team record for points in a half, scoring 40 of his 42 after the break to lead the Chicago Bulls over the Toronto Raptors 115-113 on Sunday.
Analysis: Jordan had 39, also in the second half, in a game against Milwaukee in 1989. Butler shot 14 of 19 in the final two quarters after a 1-for-4 start in the Bulls' fourth straight win. The 42 points were one shy of matching his career high set in a four-overtime loss to Detroit on Dec. 18.
|Jan. 1 7:54 PM PT8:54 PM MT9:54 PM CT10:54 PM ET3:54 GMT11:54 8:54 PM MST10:54 PM EST7:54 UAE (+1)04:5422:54 ET9:54 PM CT1:54 - Butler scored 23 points on Friday night. He has at least one steal in his last 39 games for the longest active streak in the league.
Analysis: Butler probably should have scored more since his team was playing without Derrick Rose. Before you settle in for a full slate of NFL action Sunday, don't forget that Butler and the Bulls play Toronto that afternoon.
|Dec. 31 10:51 PM PT11:51 PM MT12:51 AM CT1:51 AM ET6:51 GMT14:51 11:51 PM MST1:51 AM EST10:51 UAE07:511:51 ET12:51 AM CT4:51 - Butler came through with 28 points in Wednesday's win over Indiana.
Analysis: Butler bounced back from his worst outing of the season, when he mustered a mere five points Monday against Toronto.
|Dec. 28 8:46 PM PT9:46 PM MT10:46 PM CT11:46 PM ET4:46 GMT12:46 9:46 PM MST11:46 PM EST8:46 UAE05:4623:46 ET10:46 PM CT2:46 - Butler was awful Monday.
Analysis: Butler's five points were a season low and his seven shots almost were as well in a puzzling effort.
|Dec. 25 6:26 PM PT7:26 PM MT8:26 PM CT9:26 PM ET2:26 GMT10:26 7:26 PM MST9:26 PM EST6:26 UAE (+1)03:2621:26 ET8:26 PM CT0:26 - Butler filled out the stat sheet nicely on Friday. He had 23 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals in a win over the Thunder.
Analysis: Butler is leading the Bulls with 21.5 points per game, but he's struggling mightily from 3-point range. He's hit just 5 for 28 (17.9 percent) from deep over his last nine games.
|Dec. 21 7:44 PM PT8:44 PM MT9:44 PM CT10:44 PM ET3:44 GMT11:44 8:44 PM MST10:44 PM EST7:44 UAE (+1)04:4422:44 ET9:44 PM CT1:44 - Butler scored just 24 points Monday.
Analysis: Butler played his first game since calling out first-year coach Fred Hoiberg so fantasy owners probably expected more than 24 points.
|Dec. 19 9:11 PM PT10:11 PM MT11:11 PM CT12:11 AM ET5:11 GMT13:11 10:11 PM MST12:11 AM EST9:11 UAE06:110:11 ET11:11 PM CT3:11 - Butler took advantage of some extra time, finishing with a career-high 43 points in a four-overtime loss to the Pistons.
Analysis: Butler is averaging 30.0 points over his last three games.
|Dec. 15 10:24 PM PT11:24 PM MT12:24 AM CT1:24 AM ET6:24 GMT14:24 11:24 PM MST1:24 AM EST10:24 UAE07:241:24 ET12:24 AM CT4:24 - Butler scored 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting on Monday.
Analysis: He regrouped from 8-of-30 shooting for 29 points in his previous two games combined.
|Dec. 10 10:18 PM PT11:18 PM MT12:18 AM CT1:18 AM ET6:18 GMT14:18 11:18 PM MST1:18 AM EST10:18 UAE07:181:18 ET12:18 AM CT4:18 - Butler scored a career-high 36 points in a losing effort on Wednesday.
Analysis: He made half of his 24 shots and sank 12 of 14 free throws while finishing with more than twice as many points as the next high scorer for the Bulls.
|Nov. 19 10:31 PM PT11:31 PM MT12:31 AM CT1:31 AM ET6:31 GMT14:31 11:31 PM MST1:31 AM EST10:31 UAE07:311:31 ET12:31 AM CT4:31 - Butler shined with Derrick Rose out of the lineup, finishing with 32 points on 11 of 23 shooting in a 103-97 win at Phoenix.
Analysis: Butler even played the point guard role at times down the stretch. He's averaging 25.3 points over his last three games.
|Nov. 14 9:54 PM PT10:54 PM MT11:54 PM CT12:54 AM ET5:54 GMT13:54 10:54 PM MST12:54 AM EST9:54 UAE06:540:54 ET11:54 PM CT3:54 - Butler had a season-high 27 points and hit 11 of 14 from free-throw line in Friday's win over Charlotte.
Analysis: Butler bounced back nicely after totaling 18 points on 6-of-21 shooting over his last two games.
|Nov. 6 1:16 AM PT2:16 AM MT3:16 AM CT4:16 AM ET9:16 GMT17:16 2:16 AM MST4:16 AM EST13:16 UAE10:164:16 ET3:16 AM CT7:16 - Butler scored 26 points in a 104-98 win against Oklahoma City on Thursday night.
Analysis: It was Butler's second straight game with 26 points and his team-best average is now 21.7.
|Nov. 4 9:12 PM PT10:12 PM MT11:12 PM CT12:12 AM ET5:12 GMT13:12 10:12 PM MST12:12 AM EST9:12 UAE06:120:12 ET11:12 PM CT3:12 - Butler was the bright spot in Tuesday's lopsided loss in Charlotte, scoring 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting.
Analysis: He's scored 23 points or more in three of the first five games and is averaging 20.8 per game so far this season.
|Oct. 29 10:42 PM PT11:42 PM MT12:42 AM CT1:42 AM ET5:42 GMT13:42 10:42 PM MST12:42 AM EST9:42 UAE06:421:42 ET11:42 PM CT3:42 - Butler had 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting and six assists in a 115-100 win over Brooklyn on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Butler had 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting in the Chicago Bulls' season opener, a win against Cleveland on Tuesday.
|Oct. 28 9:29 PM PT10:29 PM MT11:29 PM CT12:29 AM ET4:29 GMT12:29 9:29 PM MST11:29 PM EST8:29 UAE05:290:29 ET10:29 PM CT2:29 - Butler scored 17 points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals Tuesday against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: Butler will try to take advantage Wednesday night against a Brooklyn team that could had troubles matching up with him.
|July 9 9:35 PM PT10:35 PM MT11:35 PM CT12:35 AM ET4:35 GMT12:35 9:35 PM MST11:35 PM EST8:35 UAE06:350:35 ET11:35 PM CT3:35 - Butler envisions the Chicago Bulls contending for a championship next season and he and Derrick Rose forming one of the NBA's best backcourts after signing a five-year, $95.5 million contract.
Analysis: Butler can opt out after four years. The deal comes on the heels of a breakout season in which Butler made his first All-Star team and was selected the NBA's Most Improved Player.
|July 1 12:12 PM PT1:12 PM MT2:12 PM CT3:12 PM ET19:12 GMT3:12 12:12 PM MST2:12 PM EST23:12 UAE21:1215:12 ET2:12 PM CT18:12 - A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Butler and the Chicago Bulls have agreed to a five-year contract that could be worth about $90 million. The person spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. The total value of the contract could wind up being a little higher depending on where the salary cap number is set. But they won't know until July 9, when NBA contracts can be signed.
Analysis: Butler also holds an option for the fifth year. The deal comes on the heels of a breakout season in which Butler made his first All-Star team and was selected the NBA's Most Improved Player.